We all need healthier choices if we are to create better, safer, healthier lives for our families. This is why:
AIR FRESHENERS: Most air fresheners interfere with your ability to smell by coating your nasal passages with an oil film, or by releasing a nerve deadening agent. Known toxic chemicals found in an air freshener:
Formaldehyde: Highly toxic, known carcinogen.
Phenol: When phenol touches your skin it can cause it to swell, burn, peel, and break out in hives. Can cause cold sweats, convulsions, circulatory collapse, coma and even death.
AMMONIA: It is a very volatile chemical, it is very damaging to your eyes, respiratory tract and skin.
ANTIBACTERIAL CLEANERS: may contain: Triclosan: Absorption through the skin can be tied to liver damage.
BLEACH: It is a strong corrosive. It will irritate or burn the skin, eyes and respiratory tract. It may cause pulmonary edema or vomiting and coma if ingested. WARNING: never mix bleach with ammonia it may cause fumes which can be DEADLY.
CAR WASH AND POLISH: Petroleum Distillates: Associated with skin and lung cancer, irritant to skin, eyes, nose and lungs. Entry into the lungs may cause fatal pulmonary edema, most marked Danger, Harmful or Fatal.
CARPET AND UPHOLSTERY SHAMPOO: Most formulas are designed to over power the stain itself, they accomplish the task but not without using highly toxic substances.
Perchlorethylene: Known carcinogen damages liver, kidney and nervous system damage. Ammonium Hydroxide: Corrosive, extremely irritable to eyes, skin & respiratory passages.
DISHWASHER DETERGENTS: Most products contain chlorine in a dry form that is highly concentrated. # 1 cause of child poisonings, according to poison control centers.
DRAIN CLEANER: Most drain cleaners contain lye, hydrochloric acid or trichloroethane.
Lye: Caustic, burns skin and eyes, if ingested will damage esophagus and stomach.
Hydrochloric acid: Corrosive, eye and skin irritant, damages kidneys, liver and digestive tract.
Trichloroethane: Eye and skin irritant, nervous system depressant; damages liver and kidneys.
Carbaryl: Very toxic, causes skin, respiratory and cardiovascular system damage. Chlordane: Accumulates in the food chain, may damage eyes, lungs, liver, kidney and skin. Dichlorophene: Skin irritation: May damage liver, kidney, spleen and central nervous system. Maldison or Malathion (OP) inhibits the enzyme acetylcholinesterase, causes brain disorders, insomnia, anorexia, dermatitis, heart, lung, muscle, kidney, and liver damage.
FRAGRANCES: 95 percent of chemicals used in fragrances are synthetic compounds derived from petroleum. They include benzene derivatives, aldehydes, and other known toxics and sensitizers -- capable of causing cancer, birth defects, central nervous system disorders and allergic reactions. See Fragranced Products Information Network (Betty Bridges), and The Environmenta l Health Network
Petroleum Distillates: Highly flammable, can cause skin and lung cancer.
Phenol: (see Air fresheners, Phenol.)
Nitrobenzene: Easily absorbed through the skin, extremely toxic.
LICE SHAMPOO: Especially vulnerable are children.
Maldison or Malathion (OP): inhibits the enzyme acetylcholinesterase, causes brain disorders, insomnia, anorexia, dermatitis, heart, lung, muscle, kidney, and liver damage. Piperonyl Butoxide benzodioxole: Inhibits microsomal enzymes, suspected of causing anorexia, carcinogenisis, coma, convulsions, dermal irritation, kidney and liver damage, hyperexcitability, prenatal damage, prostration, tearing, unsteadiness, vomiting and weight loss. Lindane: Inhalation, ingestion, or ABSORPTION through the SKIN causes vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions and circulatory collapse. May cause liver damage, stillbirths, birth defects and cancer.
LAUNDRY ROOM PRODUCTS:
Sodium or calcium hypocrite: Highly corrosive, irritates or burns skin, eyes or respiratory tract.
Linear alkylate sulfonate: Absorbed through the skin. Known liver damaging agent. Sodium Tripolyphosphate: Irritates skin and mucous membranes, causes vomiting. Easily absorbed through the skin from clothes.
MOLD AND MILDEW CLEANERS: Chemicals contained are:
Sodium hypochlorite: Corrosive, irritates or burns skin and eyes, causes fluid in the lungs which can lead to coma or death.
Formaldehyde: Highly toxic, known carcinogen. Irritant to eyes, nose, throat, and skin. May cause nausea, headaches, nosebleeds, dizziness, memory loss and shortness of breath.
OVEN CLEANER: Sodium Hydroxide (Lye): Caustic, strong irritant, burns to both skin and eyes. Inhibits reflexes, will cause severe tissue damage if swallowed.
PESTICIDES: Most pesticides have ingredients that affect the nervous system of insects. Dimpylate: Better known as Diazinon, extremely toxic. Impairs the central nervous system. Chlorinate Hydrocarbons: Suspected carcinogen and mutantagen. Accumulates in food and in fatty tissue. Will attack the nervous system.
Organophosphates such as Chlorpyrifos: a potent nerve poison, affects the nervous system.
Synthetic Pyrethrins and Pyrethroids, such as Permethrin: associated with children's brain cancers. Toxic and poisonous. If you can smell it, your lungs are absorbing it.
SPRAY & WIPE SURFACE CLEANERS: Many surface cleaners contain
the solvent 2-butoxyethanol, which may cause respiratory tract irritation, unconsciousness, kidney and liver damage, eye irritation, damage to blood cells, and blood in urine.
TAR AND BUG REMOVER: Contains XYLENE and PETROLEUM DISTILLATES.
TOILET BOWL CLEANERS: Hydrochloric acid: Highly corrosive, irritant to both skin and eyes. Damages kidneys and liver. Hypochlorite Bleach: Corrosive, irritates or burns eyes, skin and respiratory tract. May cause pulmonary edema, vomiting or coma if ingested. Contact with other chemicals may cause chlorine fumes which may be fatal.